How Walmart is trying to reinvent in-store shopping to win Black Friday

Although we may be doing an increasing amount of shopping online, a vast majority of retail still occurs in the real world — and no event better emphasizes that fact than Black Friday, the annual holiday shopping extravaganza that consumes US retailers every Thanksgiving. Last year, Black Friday generated nearly $8 billion in sales, according to Adobe Analytics. It remains the best time of the year to get discounts on expensive electronics like 4K TVs, video game consoles, and laptops, while scores of new gadget categories like smart speakers and streaming set-top boxes have prices slashed in the hopes they get scooped up as holiday gifts.

Yet with so many deals moving online as retailers blur the lines between Black Friday and Cyber…

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Apple’s Black Friday deals have already gone live in Australia — here’s a sneak peek at all the discounts (AAPL)

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Earlier this week, Apple announced a four-day “shopping event” that would kick off on Friday, November 23.
In Australia, where it is already Friday, Apple’s big shopping event has gone live.
The offers basically consist of gift cards that can be applied when purchasing specific products.
None of the gift cards can be applied to any of the company’s latest products, like the iPhone XR or the 2018 Mac Mini.

Apple’s pre-announced four-day “shopping event” has already gone live in Australia, where it is currently Friday.

If you were hoping Apple would discount any of its newest products, like the iPhone XS or redesigned MacBook Air, prepare to be disappointed.

Apple’s Black Friday event basically consists of gift cards, which can only be applied to certain products. While all of the discounts are listed in Australian Dollars, 9to5Mac did the conversions to find out how much the gift cards are worth in US dollars.

Here’s the full list of Black Friday gift card “discounts” across Apple’s product lines:

Apple TV: $25

iPhone: $50

Apple Watch: $50

Beats headphones: $50

HomePod: $50

iPad: $100

Mac: $200

Unfortunately, all of these gift card deals can only be applied to older models across these product lines. So even though you can get $50 off an iPhone, it will only work for the iPhone 7 and 8 models, and their respective Plus variants. The iPad gift cards can’t be applied to the new iPad Pro models, and the Apple Watch discounts don’t work towards the new Series 4.

Read more: Apple doesn’t have Black Friday deals for iPhones — but here are the stores that do

The good news is that the Apple TV gift cards can be applied towards both Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, and you can also get gift cards for the most popular types of Beats headphones, including Studio 3 Wireless, …read more

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How an Instagram conversation led to a firestorm in China

Racist Instagram exchanges have gone viral in China, despite the platform being blocked. Dolce & Gabbana has been canceled in China as hordes of online users accuse the brand of racism. First denounced by famous actors including Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), the brand pulled its Shanghai fashion show last night after a dozen models left, and now, online platforms like Net-A-Porter and Alibaba’s Taobao have swiftly stopped carrying its wares in China.

The ire stemmed from a series of Instagram exchanges between Stefano Gabbana, one of two designers behind the fashion line, and a model, Michele Tranovo, who pointed out one of Dolce and Gabbana’s ads came across as patronizingly and potentially racist. Gabbana appeared to…

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